Category: Clean Energy

Letter: Tell the governor that you support climate initiatives – Billings Gazette, Nov. 30, 2014

December 1, 2014
Montanans have an opportunity today to make a difference when it comes to clean air and climate change. Montana and the federal government are in the process of deciding how to reduce the greenhouse gases that contribute to climate change, both nationally and at the state level. Gov. Bullock recently released a report that described several scenarios that would allow Montana to meet our goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions from power plants by 21 percent. Bullock has...
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Supreme Court takes up Montana coal tax dispute – Associated Press, November 25, 2014

November 26, 2014
By Matthew Brown Montana authorities charged Tuesday that coal sales between mining companies and their own affiliates are subject to manipulation and need to be treated differently from other sales. Coal sales to affiliates have come under increased scrutiny as state and federal regulators investigate whether mining companies are underpaying taxes on coal sold to U.S. and overseas power companies. The state’s concerns over the common industry practice emerged during a Tuesday hearing before the state Supreme Court...
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Audio: Montana co-op members want energy diversity – Public News Service, Nov. 25, 2014

November 25, 2014
By Deborah Courson Smith Play Audio in Browser Window FERGUS COUNTY, Mont. - Rural electric co-ops in western Montana have made no secret of their opposition to proposed EPA rules that would require a reduction in carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants. Some of the co-ops have long-term contracts with energy companies to purchase coal-generated electricity. But not all co-op members agree that coal should be the primary source. Roy O'Connor is one of those speaking up about...
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Solar and wind energy start to win on price vs. conventional fuels – New York Times, Nov. 23, 2014

November 24, 2014
By Diane Cardwell For the solar and wind industries in the United States, it has been a long-held dream: to produce energy at a cost equal to conventional sources like coal and natural gas. That day appears to be dawning. The cost of providing electricity from wind and solar power plants has plummeted over the last five years, so much so that in some markets renewable generation is now cheaper than coal or natural gas. Utility executives say the trend has accelerated this...
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Audio: Report: ‘let it go’ should be a no-no for natural gas in Montana – Public News Service, Nov. 21, 2014

November 21, 2014
Play Audio in Browser Window By Deborah Courson Smith BILLINGS, Mont. - A boom in oil production in the Bakken in Montana has led to too much flaring, venting and leaking natural gas, according to a new report from the Northern Plains Resource Council. The report noted that the natural gas is considered a byproduct, and because of low prices and few pipelines, there isn't much incentive to capture it - and few penalties for wasting it. Cindy Webber, who chairs...
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Press release: New report looks at natural gas flaring boom, Nov. 19, 2014

November 19, 2014
Waste sparked by oil prices, length of leases, and weak protections By Northern Plains Resource Council BILLINGS, Mont. -- Surging oil production in shale hotspots, like the Bakken in Montana and North Dakota, and Eagle Ford in Texas, has increased waste of natural gas through flaring, venting, and leaking, according to a new report released today by Northern Plains Resource Council in conjunction with the Western Organization of Resource Councils (WORC), a network of conservationists and family farmers and ranchers....
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Letter: Column on EPA carbon rules untruthful – Billings Gazette, Nov. 19, 2014

November 19, 2014
I am astonished at how untruthful a recent (Oct. 27) guest column on the impact of the EPA's new rule to reduce carbon emissions by Henry Kriegel was. But perhaps I shouldn't be. He is a spokesman for Americans for Prosperity, which is funded by the Koch billionaires, who have never been known to put truth ahead of profit. First, he seems to assume that there is nothing to global warming, something that 97 percent of the world's climate...
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Letter: The corporations won, the working people lost – Billings Gazette, Nov. 18, 2014

November 19, 2014
As expected, the (corporations) Koch Brothers used big money to buy the elections throughout the country. The corporations won and working people lost. First order of business for them is to push through the (Keystone XL) pipeline. The Koch brothers will see an increase of at least 150 percent in their profits since they own the Canadian tar sands. Already the 1 percent, they want more — furthering the gulf between the very rich and working people. Very...
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